Meet the Doctors and Staff


Jeff Gehlsen, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Gehlsen graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1985. He comes from a family of six boys. His father was the Vice President of business at Palmer for over 40 years. Dr. Gehlsen had his first chiropractic experience as a youngster with an ear infection. When he was unable to rest overnight, his mother made an appointment with the family chiropractor and had great results! Dr. Gehlsen and his wife, Janine, relocated to Freeport in January of 1986. He was licensed in March of 1986 and started to develop his practice with an emphasis on family care and extremity work. Drs. Gehlsen and Hulsebus practiced together for several years before forming a partnership in 1990.

Dr. Gehlsen has been involved in several professional memberships, which include the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association serving as president and district delegate, the Palmer College of Chiropractic Alumni Association, and the Palmer College of Chiropractic Presidents Club. Most recently, Dr. Gehlsen was inducted as a fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.

Dr. Gehlsen has been involved in numerous Freeport community organizations. In 2007, he served as the Chairman of the board of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Dale LeBaron Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual or a group of individuals who have selflessly served the community with persistence, dedication and enthusiasm. In 2007, he was also appointed to the board of directors of the Freeport Community Foundation and is a past board chair. He is a past board member and chair of the YMCA of Northwest Illinois, past president and board member of the Lincoln Douglas Kiwanis Club, and a past board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He was a recipient of the Hixson Fellowship award in May of 1999 from Kiwanis International. He was a member of the Highland Community College Leadership Institute 1994-95.

In his spare time he enjoys jogging, bicycling, and traveling to new destinations.


John Reynolds, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Reynolds had long held the belief that maximum health comes from within the body itself. After hearing that chiropractic removes the interference to healing from within, he left his 15 year printing career to become a chiropractor. Working two jobs and attending the College of Lake County, he received his Associate of Science in 1995. Dr. Reynolds moved his young family to Davenport, IA, graduating Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2000 and receiving his Bachelors of Science in 2000. Prior to joining Hulsebus-Gehlsen Chiropractic, Dr. Reynolds practiced full spine care, with a focus on lower back/disc injury, in northeast Illinois for 10 years.

In his off hours, he enjoys trail bicycle riding, outdoor photography, bowling and traveling with his wife to spend time with their two grown daughters.

Jordan Pontius, D.C.JordanPontius

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Pontius graduated from the prestigious National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), Lombard, IL, in 2017, where he focused on human anatomy and treating musculoskeletal conditions. Prior to obtaining his chiropractic license, he received his Bachelors degree in Athletic Training from Loras College in Dubuque, IA, in 2014. Dr. Pontius has been involved in sports his entire life, including playing college football with the Loras Duhawks. During his time at Loras, he worked with athletes in various sports, including football, basketball, softball, wrestling, ice hockey, and track/field. Before joining Hulsebus-Gehlsen Chiropractic in 2019, he practiced for two years in Lombard.

Dr. Pontius has the expertise to evaluate, diagnose, and treat these conditions or symptoms: plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, jumper's knee (patellar tendonitis), iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, hamstring/quadricep injuries, hip pain, shoulder injuries, elbow pain, carpal tunnel, back and neck pain, TMJ/jaw pain, headaches/migraines, and pre- and/or post-surgical rehabilitation. His passion is caring for patients and athletes with injuries and providing specific attention to help them achieve their maximum health potential.

Dr. Pontius, son of Michael and Dawn Pontius, is originally from Freeport. He graduated from Aquin Central Catholic High School with the class of 2010. Dr. Pontius was fortunate enough to grow up with chiropractic care, receiving his first adjustment within six months of life. Throughout his life, he was able to personally experience the healing powers of the body.

Dr. Pontius is also a Certified Acupuncturist, receiving certification from NUHS in 2016. Acupuncture allows him to naturally treat pain and a variety of other physical, mental, and emotional conditions including musculoskeletal problems (neck or low back pain), nausea, migraine, headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, infertility, weight loss, and smoking cessation.

In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, carpentry, dirt racing, and spending time with family and friends.

Sallie Morgensen, LMTSallie headshot

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sallie Morgensen joined Hulsebus-Gehlsen Chiropractic Clinic as a licensed massage therapist in March 2019 after graduating from the massage program at Rock Valley College.

Before joining Hulsebus-Gehlsen, she worked in several office management and HR positions. She decided to make a career change because she loved getting massages over the years and appreciated the benefits of what massage can do for you.

Sallie likes to incorporate her medium to deep relaxation massage is with myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Combining these different techniques makes for a relaxing, yet effective, massage in relieving tight muscles from everyday use or injuries from overuse. At the end of the day, she finds fulfillment knowing she has made a difference in helping clients feel better.

Sallie is certified in Bamboo Fusion which is a relaxation technique that combines various lengths and widths of bamboo stalks to perform a deep-tissue massage. To find out more about this technique, visit the Bamboo Massage Therapy page under Our Services.

Sallie’s passions in life include the outdoors, reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends.